The Government have announced plans to try to further reduce impact of the spread of the virus in areas of England where there are high rates of coronavirus. Where employees are told to self-isolate, and cannot work from home, they will be entitled to payment from 1 September 2020.

Details of the Scheme:

  • £130 if an individual has tested positive for coronavirus and has to self-isolate for 10 days (from the point they first developed symptoms)
  • £182 if a member of an individual’s household has tested positive for coronavirus and they are asked to self-isolate for 14 days (from the point the member of their household first developed symptoms)
  • £13 per day (up to a maximum of £182) if an individual is identified as a non-household contact of another person who has tested positive for coronavirus and is asked to self-isolate up until 14 days after they were most recently in contact with the person who tested positive

To be eligible for the funding, individuals must:

  • have tested positive for COVID-19 or received a notification from NHS Test and Trace asking them to self-isolate
  • have agreed to comply with the notification from NHS Test and Trace and provided contact details to the local authority

Be employed or self-employed:

  • employed people will be asked to show proof of employment
  • self-employed will be required to show evidence of trading income and that their business delivers services which the local authority reasonably judges they are unable to carry out without social contact
  • be unable to work from home (checks will be undertaken on all applicants) and will lose income a result
  • be currently receiving Universal Credit or Working Tax Credit

No details are yet received on how the payments will be made. This link gives you more details